Become a certified Georgia Master Naturalist!

The Georgia Master Naturalist Program is an adult environmental education program of the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The program consists of a series of weekly field trips with specific environmental topics. The field trips combine lectures and hands-on learning that serve to connect people with local habitats and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Travel to different locations and hear from field experts.

Phinizy Center hosted its first Georgia Master Naturalist course in Spring 2013 with a full class of 25 participants. From exploring Heggie’s Rock Preserve while learning about geology and succession, to studying longleaf pine habitats and forestry practices at Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary, to kayaking down the Augusta Canal, it was a highly successful 10 weeks which was immensely enjoyed by all. We try to mimic these experiences each year, bringing in fresh ideas and faces along the way.


Georgia Master Naturalist Program

Spring 2019

Participation is limited to 24, so register early! The registration deadline is February 22, 2019.


GEORGIA MASTER NATURALIST INFORMATION

Join Phinizy Center staff and invited field trip leaders as we offer a Georgia Master Naturalist certification program through a 10-week series. There is an introductory kickoff meeting on Tuesday, March 5th from 4 to 7 pm at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Field trips get started the following Thursday, March 7th. The field trips include a lunch break and begin between 8 and 9 am. and run until 3 or 4 pm. The final session is on May 16th from 2 to 7 p.m. There will be no class on April 11th. Participants are required to complete 48 hrs to become certified. Field trips include an introduction to local habitats such as swamps, lakes, rivers, wetlands, forests, urban landscapes, and the issues affecting them. Georgia Master Naturalists are encouraged to share their knowledge with their communities by volunteering with local schools and environmental education centers.

Registration fees include all field trip fees, GA Master Naturalist registration fees, journaling supplies, and other related materials.

SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE

Program Introduction
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Wetlands & Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Field Ornithology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Botanical Hike & Dam Tour
Steven’s Creek & Thurmond Lake

Geology & Lichens
TNC’s Heggie’s Rock

Forestry
Silver Bluff Audobon Sanctuary

Stream Ecology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Mammology
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

Urban Waterways
Augusta Canal

Urban Water Cycle
Augusta’s Hicks & Messerly Plants

Program Wrap Up & Certificates
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park


Registration for 2019 Will Open Soon

We will post on our Facebook page to announce it, so be sure to give us a like!

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